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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Munster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-10-02

Leinster take on Munster on Saturday evening in the first competitive rugby match to be played at the redeveloped Lansdowne Road. Leinster have essentially ceded home advantage in order to cash in on the fixture's widespread appeal, although in the current economic climate you can't really blame them. There's no doubt though that Munster players and supporters will be far happier coming to the bright and shiny Aviva, rather than to the RDS where they've only won once. Last season they endured one of their worst defeats as a professional team there, when they lost 30-0. It was one of four consecutive defeats to Leinster in which Munster didn't even score a try. Munster will be absolutely desperate to bring that losing streak to an end and judging on recent form, they've every right to be confident.
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Match Report: Edinburgh Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Stephen Devine, 2010-09-25

Many were pessimistic about Leinsters chances before the season started, but even the most pessimistic among us wouldn't have thought that we would get to the end of September having only won a single game. It is important however to point out that in Michael Chekias first month in charge, Leinsters record was only two wins from four, including a loss in Murrayfield.
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Match Preview: Edinburgh Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-09-25

After last week's heavy defeat in a rain-sodden Treviso, Leinster would have loved to come back to the warm embrace of the RDS. Instead they're off to draughty Murrayfield where the voices of the few thousand that turn up will echo around the rows of empty seats. When full, Murrayfield is an excellent venue but when empty it's a depressing place for fans and players alike. Nevertheless, Leinster's players don't have time to feel sorry for themselves. With Munster arriving at the Aviva stadium next week, followed by Heineken Cup matches against Racing Metro and Saracens, Leinster need to find their feet and quick.
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Match Report: Benetton Treviso vs Leinster Rugby

by Patrick Fennelly, 2010-09-20

Matters just seem to get worse for Leinster and their new coach Joe Schmidt. Being able to claim a few scalps while away from home against those considered to be 'lesser' sides was the bread and butter of Cheika's reign. However, Leinster have now lost away to both Glasgow and new boys Treviso in what is definitely a worrying start to the season.
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Match Preview: Benetton Treviso vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-09-20

This Saturday, Leinster travel to Italy to take on Benetton Treviso. This is the first time they'll meet Italian opposition in the Magners League after Treviso and Aironi joined this season. Both teams have already posted performances that suggest they won't be pushovers, especially at home. The main reason behind the Italians joining the league is to help them develop at international level by having a better standard of regular club rugby. It's also hopeful that having the Italians in will bring a new dimension and a broader audience to the league.

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